By Tim Kowols
Governor Scott Walker laid out his agenda for his re-election year during his State of the State Address Wednesday afternoon in front of both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature. Highlighted in his over 60-minute address were increased investments in education, changes to the state’s welfare system, and improvements to health care. Governor Walker touched on a few of the goals during his visit to Gibraltar Area Schools earlier this month, especially the need for welfare reform.
After Governor Walker requested a special session of the Legislature last week to address welfare reform, Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen said it distracts away from other issues such as the Foxconn development and issues at the federal level.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, some of the bills addressing welfare reform would increase the number of hours food stamp recipients would have to work, require Medicaid recipients to pay child support, and mandate drug testing for subsidized housing. You can watch the State of the State address and read statements from various legislators online with this story.
Rep. Kitchens Statement on Governor Walker’s State of the State Address
Madison – State Representative Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) released the following statement after Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State address:
“Governor Walker did a wonderful job delivering the State of the State address. As a state, Wisconsin has made tremendous progress in the previous year.”
“Among the accomplishments mentioned, I was proud to see that our state’s health care systems rank number one in the nation for quality. Access to affordable, high quality health care is a right that everyone in Wisconsin deserves. It was wonderful to hear that Governor Walker is encouraging a renewed focus on SeniorCare to ensure security and stability for the most vulnerable members of our community. This is something I have advocated for since I came into office and will continue to fight for.
“I was also pleased to learn that the Governor’s plan for 2018 will focus on the development and growth of Wisconsin’s rural areas. Funding rural schools will continue to be a priority as we move forward through this year. The sparsity aid package that was introduced last week will help many rural low-spending schools, including those in the first district.
“In addition to rural school funding, I was excited by Governor Walker’s proposal to create a Rural Economic Development Fund of $50 million per year. With the intention of focusing on the development of new businesses and the expansion of small businesses in rural areas, I feel this will be a major boon for our district.
“I am looking forward to achieving the ambitious goals laid out in Governor Walker’s address as we continue to move Wisconsin forward.”
- Not that long ago he took President Trump’s side in supporting the ability of insurance companies to deny people with preexisting conditions.
- In his first term he inflicted the biggest cut to our public schools in our state’s history—costing many of our schools some of their best teachers and forcing local school districts to beg taxpayers for enough money to keep the lights on.
- And offering $50 million to rural communities in north and western Wisconsin is a pittance compared to the $4 billion he is giving to a Taiwanese billionaire to help create jobs for people living in northern Illinois.